Harry, Meghan security 'privately funded'

Harry and Meghan in January said they would step away from their royal duties.
Harry and Meghan in January said they would step away from their royal duties.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the US government for help with security costs, the couple have said in response to a tweet from President Donald Trump that the United States would not pay for their protection.

In January, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, said they would step away from their royal duties and according to media reports, recently relocated to Los Angeles.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump tweeted: "Now they have left Canada for the US. however, the US will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!"

A spokeswoman for the couple said later: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the US government for security resources. Privately funded security arrangements have been made."

Meghan, who married Prince Harry in 2018, criticised Trump during his 2016 election campaign as misogynistic and divisive.

Last year, Trump, on being told of Meghan's criticism, said: "I didn't know that. What can I say? I didn't know that she was nasty." But he also wished her well in her new life as a British royal.

The couple stunned the royal family in early January with an announcement they would step down from their roles as senior royals in order to gain freedom from the intense media scrutiny that has followed them for several years.

They had been living for several months with their son, Archie, on Vancouver Island in Canada.

Britain's Sun newspaper reported last week the couple took a private flight to Los Angeles but did not say when.

Meghan Markle was raised in the Los Angeles area and her mother, Doria, still lives there.

Walt Disney Co said last week that Meghan had narrated a nature documentary that will be released on its Disney+ streaming platform on Friday.

Last month, Canada said it would no longer provide security once the couple were no longer working members of the British royal family.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been assisting London's Metropolitan Police with security for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "intermittently" since November, when the couple began a six-week holiday in Canada, Reuters reported in February.

Australian Associated Press